Lots of plants flowering at the moment, in fact properly something different starts each day. The soil seems dry again even after so much rain but at least the water butts are full! I went out weeding yesterday and was excited to find some more spaces in the garden which means o can buy more plants. Still only online for me! Anyway here’s some pictures of what’s currently flowering
In my blog I tend to focus on the positives in my garden and what I have grown successfully, you would be excuses therefore for thinking everything I grow turns out well. However, you’d actually be wrong. I have been trying to grow echinacea, also known on coneflower for a number of years and have killed 11 or 12. They just don’t appear to want to grow a second year and when they do they don’t flower again. I have been successful with one, but the garden was built over and I moved the plant and yes it died. I’ve tried yellow, pink, orange, white, a two toned one, one in a pot (it got eaten before I planted it). You might think I should give up, but I love the plant and it goes well with my attempt at growing a cottage garden. So I have a new one (see below), I’ve done a little research, it likes a sunny position in nice soil and some space around it. I’ve put slug pellets down (please don’t shout if you like slugs, I don’t want my plants eating) and given it a support to grow up. I’ll let you know how I get on.
For a while now I have really admired and wanted to grow a bed of wildflowers and by this I do not mean a garden left to its own devices and full of weeds and sometimes known as a wildflower garden. I mean actually sowing a wildflower mix. I have a large garden but have no empty beds that this could be done in so I’ve emptied a trough which had bulbs in, only 1 actually flowered (I’ve replanted it), sown my seeds and covered with gravel just to keep the seed in place. I wait to see what happens next. Pictures are, seed packet, before and after of the trough and if this doesn’t work I’ve basically most lost the cost of the seed packet £3 and some time and I’ll try something else in there next year.